What Is the True Cost of Amputation?
As anyone with an amputated limb already knows, these injuries come with a blinding array of side effects, physical obstacles, and painful experiences. According to the Amputee Coalition of America, up to 185,000 people will experience a lower-extremity amputation each year, and about 2 million people across the United States are amputees. Although many of these amputees share similar stories, the medical costs and emotional tolls vary widely between individuals – as do the causes of the amputations themselves.
Here are some of the most common causes for an amputation:
- Limb loss from faulty machinery
- Construction equipment accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle collisions
- Car accidents
- Serious infections
- Surgical error
- Dog and other animal bites
- Explosions and gunfire
- Injuries on active military duty
Depending on how you lost your limbs, and which specific region of the body was affected, you may have bigger or smaller hurdles to recovery ahead. However, most amputees need some form of ongoing physical therapy, as well as counseling, group therapy, chronic pain management, and other forms of medical care.
Add the healthcare costs to any home improvement modifications and tools to enhance mobility, and the total lifetime cost of an amputation can add up very quickly. One study found that the lifetime costs for an amputation were at least 3 times higher than for those who underwent reconstructive surgery, at $509,275 across their entire lifespan.
Seek the Compensation You Need to Heal
When considered with the personal toll and the long-term emotional trauma that many amputees report after their injuries, it’s clear that amputations can be costly for both your finances and for your peace of mind. When you work with our experienced amputation lawyers at Brown & Barron, LLC, we’ll dedicate our significant resources to finding out who was responsible for the accident – and to pursue maximum compensation if negligence took place.